Mass Rising
Jack's Abby Brewing

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American Imperial Pilsner
Ranked #3
Ranked #1,039
4.26 | pDev: 7.98%
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Mass RisingMass Rising
Notes: In the spirit of our local history we are revolting against the status quo. We are writing our own story by fueling the fire surrounding extra hoppy beers. We infuse Mass Rising with increasing amounts of American hops during the kettle, hopbock and dry hopping processes. Together, we have taken a journey to redefine the term 'lager.'
IBUs 100 IBU
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Photo of IronLover
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow in color with a heavy haze and orange hues. Poured with a short, creamy, bright white foam with medium low retention. Earthy, herbal hop aromas with sweet malty, bready and boozy notes. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Light creamy smooth feel with pleasant boozy warmth from the middle to the end. Medium herbal high hop flavors up front followed by medium bready malt. Medium light hop bitterness through the middle followed by sweet malt and expanding booziness. Finished with bready malt notes, light herbal hops, light booziness and mellow hop bitterness. Hop presence nicely balances the competing malty and boozy characters. Mellow, flavorful and pretty easy drinking for an imperial.

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Photo of Amendm
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 16-oz. can dated 03/28/18 poured slowly into a 20-oz. mug creates a finger sized white froth with lots of lacing.
The head slowly shrinks to a cap as the lacing continues thoughout the drink.
Golden yellow with slight haze and small rising, head supporting bubbles.
The smell features sweet and grainy malts, tropical hops and a faint spicy hot hop kick.
The taste begins with a piney hop bitterness as the rich sweeter malts fill in the middle along with citrus and tropical fruit flavors. The taste finishes bitter with the spicy hot hops kicked up a notch, white pepper and paprika.
Medium body and above average carbonation, smooth even feel as it dries. Alcohol is barely noticable.
Big flavors yet easy to drink. It says EXTRA HOPPY on the back of the can and they delivered.
Ale like in body and taste. Best lager I have tried so far, dare I say best beer.

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

--rich yellow can pour with a bit of haze; aroma is tropical. The flavor is rich with mango and orange. The brew is a tad hot, but has a smooth mouthfeel. Hop bitterness is light to moderate and quite pleasant.

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Photo of mike22ne
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a can.
A big, hoppy lager, more in the spirit of a classic Imperial IPA than what you'd expect from a Pilsner. Lots of big pine and grapefruit rind hops and strong bitterness that's balanced by some noticeable alcohol and a crisp malt base, and a dry finish.
Overall very nice!

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

canned 03/19/18

L-The beer pours a hazy orange with a full 2 finger white head. The head recedes to a thin film leaving thick clumps of lacing in its wake.
S- The nose is sweet citrus up front finishing with a bit of dankness.
T- On the palate the sweetness noted on the nose is much more muted. While there is still an abundance of citrus, it is more grapefruit than orange. Bitterness is moderate in the finish and the beer finishes dry.
F- Overall the mouthfeel is medium. There is a subtle slickness beneath the accompanying dry finish.
O- Another excellent IPL from the JA guys. Well worth a shot for hop heads.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
1.92/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Surprisingly disappointing beer considering the relatively high ratings here. An amped-up pilsner with a golden color and creamy white head, the beer is far too boozy and exhibits a strong imbalance between hoppy taste and alcoholic content.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy, translucent gold with a creamy white head. Moderate retention, with rings of lacing.

S: Ruby red grapefruit flesh, orange zest, pineapple, white bread crust, honey, clover.

T: Huge punch of pineapple and grapefruit upfront. Red grapefruit flesh and blood orange as well as bitter pith, orange peel, lemon. White bread malt with a kiss of honey sweetness. Crisp, clean, and lightly dry; with a touch of pine needle and then a lingering, moderate grapefruit/blood orange bitterness.

F: Medium/medium-full, well-carbonated, fills rich and full on the palate, yet moves quickly. Is extremely drinkable, not too much sweetness or bitterness.

O: This is fantastic, delicious DIPL. Absolutely recommended to any hophead.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having on tap at George Keeley, NYC.
Pours a slightly cloudy yellow straw color with hints of orange and gold. A neat and orderly bed of film skims over the surface. it soon dissipates and leaves a ring of lace.
The nose immediately hits you with fruity sweetness. There are notes of apricot, mango and citrus fruit. In the background, there are light notes of toasted malt.
The taste makes an impressions with its sweet, bready, thick and chewy malt backbone. The sweetness has a candi sugar feel to it. Furthermore, the hops presence is big and complex, yielding juicy and citrusy flavors of orange peel, grapefruit pith, and tropical fruits. The hops flavors also pack quite the herbal punch, with a potent combination of grass, pine and tobacco. Furthermore, this drink has quite the bitterness to it, playing against those sweet, juicy and malty flavors.
The mouthfeel is on the high side of medium and on the chewy side. The at times intense bitterness provides a prickle, and a nice dry finish that evokes pine resin. There is also a moderate alcohol spice throughout.
Hard to believe this is a lager considering it tastes so much like a DIPA. I don't have so much experience with this style, nevertheless, I thought it was pretty darn tasty.

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Photo of bret717
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- pale orange, slightly hazy, 1 finger white head that doesn't go away and rings of lacing

Smell- honey, guava, strawberries, slightly dank

Taste- honey and bready malt up front quickly followed by dank and herbal hops that I didn't get in the nose, and that transitions nicely into a firm bitterness

Feel- soft and medium bodied , super smooth, bitter finish

Overall- really nice IPL with a malty sweetness balanced by herbal and bitter hops

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Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured grainy malts with a pronounced DMS and herbal hop.

The taste was likewise grainy with a strong layered herbal element.

The mouthfeel was dry and slightly astringent.

Overall a mediocre experience.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The lager backbone of this beer is pretty weak & washed-out, and the hop addition isn't enough to compensate. It isn't bad by any stretch, but just ends up flaccid & harmless - some danker tropical hop, vague malt, inoffensive, a little astringent

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a glossy yellow color with a nice looking subtle carbonation rising to fill a one finger lasting head. It eventually dies off into a film of a head. Nice filmy/almost semi-thick foaminess in the rings looked nicely. The aroma had some sweet grassy hops blending in with a little bit of spice smelling really nice. The taste was moderately sweet and bitter blending the hops with a low crisp to sweet malt consistency. There’s a nice crisp bready/lager aftertaste leading into a nice semi-sticky sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a nice sessionable feel. Carbonation feels low enough to allow a nice bitter to sweet feel on my tongue, nothing overly done, feels nice and crisp. Overall, good Imperial pale lager. I’d have again and would be a nice one with food.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pouring a cold 16 oz can into a snifter. The beer pours a mostly clear goldenrod color with a fluffy bleached white head of 1 cm foaming up from the pour. The head fades slowly leaving tight lattice on the sides of my glass and some wispy islands on the surface of my beer.
The aroma is some fruity hops with citrus notes of orange and mango but also a bit of resin hit and herbal tea. Fairly complex hop character. I also get a bit of grainy malt but no hint of the ABV at this point.
The first sip reveals a clean crisp textured beer with very fine tingly carbonation. The body is average and overall the physical drinkability of the beer is very high.
Flavor is briefly sweet malt and then some fruit with white grape and orange notes, but then some more bitter hops come forth in my mouth. I get herbal tea bite and more of the pith and rind notes of citrus grapefruit. The bitterness lingers a bit but otherwise my palate dries after each sip and doesnt reveal the alcohol at all.
This is a great easy drinking big and interesting beer with complex flavors yet a clean profile. I enjoy these cans and could see myself buying these more regularly when I find them.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy golden yellow color with a 1.5 finger creamy white head. Retention is moderate and there are some sticky spots of lacing left on the glass.

Smell is bright and hoppy. Mango, pineapple, melon, citrus and a touch of peppery spice. There is a bit of bready malt flavor and lager yeast that come out as the beer warms.

Taste is the same. Starts off fruity and juicy, but finishes clean and dry with the breast malts taking over.

Feel is medium, well carbonated and slightly resinous up until the dry finish.

Overall this is a very good beer. It is obviously very very hoppy, but unlike some other beers in this category (such as Peak Organic Super Fresh) it actually has enough malt presence and yeast flavor to remind you that is a lager and not an IPA.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear bright gold, nice foamy white head with a good amount of lacing. Smells clean. Seriously! Smells of clean fruity and mild crisp malt which transcends through aroma and feel. So easy to drink. Bright, flavorful without being obnoxious, clean, crisp, and even balanced somehow despite its 100 ibu. I could drink this every day. Cheers!

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 04/03. Clear golden pour with intensely sticky finger of white. Light fruits and a hint of spice on the nose belying the 100 IBUs. Flavor is just fantastic. Definitely a hop bomb most of the journey through the sip, but offset by the lightness and bready malt flavor. Finish is very clean for as bitter as this gets mid-sip. Another really solid offering from Jack's.

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Photo of GabrielEVH
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep yellow, hint of orange. Clear. Great, persistent lacing.

Smell: Pear, green apple, white grape. Reminds me of fresh Dogfish Head 60min.

Taste: Follows nose, plus some resiny sweetness. Malt profile is balanced to suit it. Very little alcohol detected.

Feel: Nothing jumps out, which is good. Thickness is a touch lighter than you'd expect for a similar ale. I'd say medium
to medium-light. Carb is refreshing but not overly soft, which is fine for a lager.

Overall: JA really is top notch with lPLs and DIPLs. Always a nice experience to compare with their ale counterparts.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16 0z tallboy can > imperial pint glass 100 ibu 8% abv. Unfiltered Unpasteurized

A practically clear white hazy gold color. Excellent carbonation with a rocky, seafoam style cap to prove it. Sloooow dissipation. Plenty of lace. Big lace!

A huge hoppy nose! Wet-hop like power, major earthy tones, sour fruit, pineapple, herbal and spicy, a very excellent and bold hop smell. The lager yeast adds a very wonderful sour-earthy funk and baked wheat bread effect that really sets this apart. As much as I'm tired of DIPA...the DIPL seems pretty exciting.

The flavor is simply awesome. The balance between some mega hoppy flavor's and bold lager is as perfect as I could imagine. Ultra dry and crispy bite lends itself to big earthy notes like crispy dry wheat and corn. The lager edge gives a baked bread and herbs effect. The malt has amazing depth of charecter, bready and wildly crisp. I love how subtle the 100 ibu's are, never do the hops get bitter, dry and earthy for sure but never bitter. The hops stay in touch with the earthy tones mostly, herbal and mildly spicy effect with subtle pineapple and light tropical fruits, but mostly dominated by classic earthy, old world tasting hops. Some sour citrus and tangy fruity hop flavor's pop out more as the liquid warms. I'm finding it very hard to believe this is 8% abv. It's, dangerously sessionable for such a big hoppy lager. Once again, I'm amazed by the balance of the dominant flavor's and depth of the various subtle one's.

The feel, I touched on briefly, but it's very crisp, light to medium feel, full and lush finish, jazzy till the end. I was expectinng a much "heavier" feel.

If this was a DIPA I would rank it among the Heady Toppers, Sip of Sunshine and Green's level of quality. As a's practically in it's own league! High grade stuff.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-draught @ Milk and Hops Chelsea.

Everything an IPL should be, though hop selection could be more interesting and a lighter more refreshing body would be ideal.


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Photo of Holderness
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale orange with a quickly dissipating white, two-finger head. Minimal retention and lacing. Smells of incredibly dank and citric hops. Quite similar to Sip of Sunshine. Taste is nice and fruity with a little malty sweetness on the finish. No residual bitterness, which is nice. Finish is a little watery. Overall this is great, up there with BBA Framinghammer as my favorite Jack's Abby offering. Good price as well, at ~$10/4-pack of 16oz cans


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Photo of deanhead
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mass rising
Straw colored withs a voluminous head.
Slightly hazy
Dank and slightly syrupy, adequately carbonated
Warming and alcoholic, but highly drinkable
Dusty finish, with a tiny hint of oxidation.
Not my favorite from Jacks abby, but a nice offering

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Photo of zshaft
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours nice orange yellow with small head. not quite clear but not to hazy either. nose is some floral hops and pine with some grapefruit. little bit of malt in there as well. mouthfeel is full and well developed. taste is full throughout the sip and throughout the palate you get a blend of biscut with notes of tropical fruit . gr as pefruitvand spice at the end. the lager finish is more clean then ales and dry finish makes tHis a great brew. very complex and top of this class. one of my fav lagers.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

i finally got my hands on one of these, although i must say, i think freshness may have been a slight issue with my sample. i know some lagers are meant to hold up better, especially big ones like this, but this is basically a lagered double ipa, and some hops have faded and changed i am pretty certain. not that old i cant imagine, but probably not exactly the beer thats earned it such impressive scores here. i love the look. big creamy white head on top of a slightly hazy pale yellow body. raw lager, i like that, kellerpils looking base. it smells well hoppy, and rather west coast at that for a beer from new england. the hops are oily and bigger on the citrus, but there has to be a number of varietals in here at once. the flavor is equally bold, hops all the way, with a bready bigger lager yeast, and a pils type malt that has more sweetness than anticipated, but that is perfectly in balance with the bitterness on the back end. harmony there for sure. the hops are somewhat more bitter than flavorful, suggesting my age skepticism, but it still really works. the alcohol strength of this beer is incredibly well hidden too, you would never know its as strong as it is. the feel is my favorite feature. its super frothy and creamy and soft, a character i dont often associate with lagers. i love the yeast, its neat to have that happening in a beer like this. overall this one is really tasty, but i would love to try it with confirmed freshness to compare. i think it would also be need to do a deconstructed version with all the individual hops in isolation. i havent seen a series of lagers do that yet, and these guys seem like the ones most suited to lead such an endeavor.

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4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional offering ( among many) from Jack's Abby. White frothy head, exceptional lacing (this is fantastic) Powerful citrus flavor, wonderful hop/bright/clean smell is prevelant while drinking. Brassy/golden hue , wonderful looking beer. One of the finest IIPA available and widly accessable. Drinks smooth, far too easy for 8% . I enjoy this often as the brewry is local, in bottles or on draft/@brewery (nice new location) Cannot recommeded this highly enough.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden color with white head. Aroma is hoppy like an IPA but the malts resemble a Pilsener or Marzen beer. Taste starts balanced, hoppy with dank and overripe fruit notes, but also malty with honey and bread notes. Aftertaste is more bitter. The alcohol is also present but doesn't bother too much. A good combination between a lager and an IPA but it's not really a style I enjoy too much.

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Mass Rising from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 1554 ratings